Monthly Archives: January 2011

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

My mother loved Cannonball Adderley’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!”  From the opening chords of Joe Zawinul’s arresting composition, the tune tackles you with the composer’s plaintive Wurlitzer electric piano and Adderley’s triumphant alto sax.  Whenever my mother heard it, she stopped … Continue reading


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The Man with the Golden Voice

“I don’t like her,” one young lady in debate class says about the ninety-year-old mother of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice.  Williams was recently “discovered”on the side of the exit ramp off Interstate 71 in Columbus, … Continue reading

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Sticky Truths

I yelled at some of my English III students on Friday.  I wasn’t too emotional about it, and my voice only rose a decibel or two, but I let them know their work effort disappointed me.  I had assigned Act … Continue reading

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2010 in review (a blog report I received)

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, … Continue reading

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